Biography

Cynthia Rowland is a business and tax lawyer who helps philanthropists, including private individuals as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations, who wish to make the world a better place.

As a business attorney and strategist, she helps her clients achieve personal, family, business, charitable, philanthropic, and community objectives. Cynthia’s expertise in this regard is broad, and includes entity formation, business transactions and grant agreements, regulatory compliance matters, partnerships and joint ventures, and mergers and dissolutions. In short, she’s well-attuned to the legal needs of philanthropic families, all forms of nonprofit organizations, and business enterprises with a corporate social responsibility directive.

She also advises trustees and directors of charitable organizations on fiduciary and tax issues, including those raised by actual and potential conflicts of interest, regulatory investigations and audits, debt financing of capital projects, including tax exempt bonds, as well as issues raised by settlement of complex litigation involving the fiduciaries and charitable organizations.

Cynthia has a particular expertise in the legal and tax issues of corporate philanthropy—business enterprises using philanthropy to benefit their communities, push the boundaries of emerging science and technology not yet adequately funded by private capital, and other emerging approaches the betterment of the planet and its inhabitants. Her clients seek her advice when pursuing charitable co-ventures, fundraising, formation of corporate foundations, and other types of social benefit corporations and entities.

Her approach to her practice combines depth of experience and extensive technical expertise with an openness to innovation. By integrating traditional, proven approaches with new, effective ideas and structures, Cynthia provides wise counsel to clients who are seeking to accomplish charitable objectives in a complex, ever-changing world.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Tax Law (2021-2023)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Nonprofit Organizations (2014-2022)
  • The Legal 500 United States, Recommended - Not-for-Profit (2016-2021)
  • 2015 Annual List of Rainmakers, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • 2015 San Francisco Lawyer of the Year - Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • 2011 Outstanding Attorney of the Year Award, American Bar Association's Business Law Section Nonprofit Organizations Committee

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Advisory Committee, Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Former Chair, Committee on Nonprofit Corporations, American Bar Association's Business Law Section (2005-2008)

Firm Highlights

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Basics of Impact Investing: A Conversation About Investment Policies and Evaluation Metrics For ESG Investors

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, we address the fiduciary duty of a nonprofit board when setting its investment policies and how to think about impact...

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Nonprofit Basics: Amending Nonprofit Corporation Bylaws

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This episode covers legal aspects of amending the bylaws for a nonprofit corporation to change its governance, to update the bylaws for changes...

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Farella Attorneys Named to 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-four Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2022. Super Lawyers: Carly Alameda – Business Litigation George Argyris &ndash...

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Farella Represents Miller Family on Sale of The Silverado Vineyards

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Nonprofit Basics: Insurance Coverage for the New Nonprofit

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Risk management for a nonprofit starts with good governance, effective management and appropriate policies for employment practices, conflicts of interest and financial management...

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50 Farella Lawyers in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™; 4 Lawyer of the Year Awards

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Nonprofit Basics: Document Retention Policies and Subpoenas, and a Conversation With Aviva Gilbert on Why Good Policies Matter

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This Nonprofit Basics episode covers record retention policies, document destruction schedules, and why they matter. You may have noticed that the IRS Form...

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Hot Topics: Risk Management for Cybersecurity

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . For this episode, I'm delighted to bring you an interview with Tim Parisi, Incident Response Director at CrowdStrike. Tim and I discuss the...

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A Deeper Dive Into Insurance Topics for Nonprofits: Special Events Coverage and Considerations When Making Claims

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm delighted to bring you Part 2 of a conversation I had with Melissa Dalske, Chief Experience Officer at Nonprofits...

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